Monday, December 13, 2010

Fun in the sun and snow at Alpe Giumello

View from Pian di Giumello

Why do weekends with perfect weather always have to be so short? This past Saturday and Sunday was the one that anybody with a pulse has been wanting for a long time, the weekend with ZERO rain, no snowfall and nothing but blue skies all around. We had the intention of hiking around the base of Monte Muggio, a 3-hour loop trail that begins from the parking area at località Alpe Giumello, but ice on the trail made it a dangerous gamble. If we had been able to get to the very top of Monte Muggio it would have afforded us a spectacular panorama with Bellagio jutting out in the middle of the lake.

Even if a good, long hike was out of the question, there was plenty of wide open space to go for a stroll. We walked the dogs out on the flat plains on the eastern side of Giumello, all of which were covered in a thick layer of packed snow. In less than 30 minutes time we had built up enough of an appetite for a quick lunch at Ristoro Genio, a cozy little bar and restaurant serving hot meals, tasty panini and homemade yogurt with berries for dessert. Great service and everything was very reasonably priced.

I could have finished 2 bowls

Somebody has a sweet tooth

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Blogger K and S said...

that looked like an awesome hike, but better safe than sorry! and I love all that food that awaited you after your walk :)

12:04 AM, December 14, 2010  
Blogger Anne in Oxfordshire said...

looks amazing Rowena .. How brilliant it would be if I could get to visit you .. show me some sights :-)

12:21 AM, December 14, 2010  
Anonymous Bella said...

OMG, your food photos always set me off on a craving state that I can't under any circumstance satisfy we don't have lovely food like "fussili with capriolo!" Now you have me "Googling" a recipe even though it's past midnight! This is all your fault! :)

12:38 AM, December 14, 2010  
Blogger Carla said...

Looks like you're getting hit with as much snow as we are. Love the food pictures. Yum!

4:47 AM, December 14, 2010  
Blogger Beth said...

Your weekend sounds absolutely divine. Wonderful weather, a lovely walk and delicious food. Perfect!

10:39 AM, December 14, 2010  
Blogger LindyLouMac said...

What an awesome view in the first photo. Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to continuing to follow your blog in 2011.

6:52 PM, December 14, 2010  
Blogger michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Thank you so much for making my day brighter and exciting with your travel! A great consolation for cold and rainy days here. Love that whipped cream with marron glace! Looking forward to your culinary adventures in that part of the world. Happy holidays to you!!!

3:40 PM, December 15, 2010  
Blogger Rowena... said...

Anne - if you don't mind hikes with a minimum of 500 meter differences from start to finish, I could show you a lot of fantastic views like this!

Bella - would you believe that we actually saw a capriolo on the way up to that restaurant? Must be very cost-effective to have ragu material so near to the restaurant. If I were a hunter and had a shotgun in my car...

Carla - we get our fair share but I've seen so much more elsewhere here and abroad. I'll be happy with just a little of it though!

Beth - you must believe me when I say that it is "essential" to get out especially where the dogs are concerned. Sometimes I believe that they live for the weekends more than we do.

LindyLouMac - I need a break from this blog, but there are so many xmas things to share about Italy. The problem of course is that there's less and less time to be at the pc as the end draws near!

3:45 PM, December 15, 2010  
Blogger Gayle said...

Tell me about that bombardino. Tea? Juice? Alcohol?

5:31 AM, December 16, 2010  
Anonymous Midge said...

Fun in the snow and lovely food all in one day? Oh, how I envy you!

9:49 AM, December 16, 2010  
Blogger Rowena... said...

Gayle - vov (or advocaat), brandy and cream (or milk)! Also versions with rum, whisky or coffee.

Midge - it's all good until you have to shovel the stuff from your driveway. I'd say that right now it's at least 10 inches deep outside and it's still snowing!

1:29 PM, December 17, 2010  
Anonymous sherry said...

Those dishes look absolutely delectable, and your photo at the top belongs on a postcard!

10:25 PM, December 19, 2010  
Blogger Ciao Chow Linda said...

I think you made a wise decision not to hike up there where it could be treacherous - although the view is spectacular. A short walk and a bombardino (and that chestnut dessert) would have been more than adequate for me.

2:51 AM, December 20, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Even if a long hike was out of the question, looks like you enjoyed some picture-perfect strolling scenes...and picture-perfect food!

2:09 PM, December 20, 2010  

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